The Role of the Member of Parliament Since 1868: From Gentlemen to Players

Hardcover | November 15, 2001

byMichael Rush

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This wide-ranging study, by one of the UK's leading scholars of British politics, presents a fascinating picture of the role of the MP during the last 150 years. The author examines the various roles of Members of Parliament since the middle of last century. Backbench MPs have three majorroles-a partisan role, a constituency role, and a scrutiny role. They increasingly expect and are expected to support their parties; to help constituents with individual problems and look after their collective interests; and they are expected to keep a check on the government and its policies.These roles existed 150 years ago, but the balance between them has changed. The partisan role now dominates at Westminster, the constituency role has expanded beyond all recognition, and the scrutiny role is widely seen as the poor relation. Moreover, while constituency work has been virtuallyhived-off as a non-partisan role, the conflict between the partisan and the scrutiny role creates a dilemma at the heart of parliamentary government.

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This wide-ranging study, by one of the UK's leading scholars of British politics, presents a fascinating picture of the role of the MP during the last 150 years. The author examines the various roles of Members of Parliament since the middle of last century. Backbench MPs have three majorroles-a partisan role, a constituency role, and ...

Michael Rush is in the Department of Politics, University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:262 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198275773

ISBN - 13:9780198275770

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Table of Contents

1. Parliamentary Government2. The Political Context3. The Adaptation of Parliament4. The Socio-Economic Transformation of the House of Commons5. The Professionalisation of the Member of Parliament6. Parliamentary Participation: Continuity and Change I7. The Role of the Member and Parliament: Continuity and Change II8. From Gentlemen to Players: Complementary, Separate or Conflicting Roles?